Rite of Spring, The

Rite of Spring, The

Stravinsky’s score caused riot at premiere (1913). [Music Hist.: Thompson, 1900]
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In the 1980s, almost 70 years after the last public performance of the Nijinsky-choreographed Rite of Spring, the Joffrey Ballet commissioned a reconstruction of it from dance scholar Millicent Hodson and art historian Kenneth Archer.
After being pounded by The Rite of Spring, the other ballet on this DVD--Stravinsky's The Firebird with choreography by Michel Fokine--seems more like a lush, traditional ballet.
Now, with The Rite of Spring, the trio takes on one of the most influential works of the 20[sup.
In The Rite of Spring, the pounding of the beat and the feet of the dancers strip away everything romantic music and classical ballet still is.
From the first solo notes of The Star-Spangled Banner, sung by jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves in spotlight at centre stage, to the final crescendo of the entire LA Philharmonic expressing the energy and shock of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the inaugural performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall was a calibrated workout for both music and architecture.
After three years of composing music that Atwell can compare only to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the score was finished.